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Prepositions of place game – ghost hunt

Summer School Games – Episode 1 This is a quick game for elementary and pre-intermediate younger learners. It’s an idea that originated from Miriam Austin, who I worked with at IH Newcastle. It’s a practical way for your students to... Continue Reading →

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Present perfect practice

Here's a quick instructional video for a very adaptable classroom game: I've written about this game in a previous post, with an example using conditionals, so for a full written version of the instructions you can [click here] The game... Continue Reading →

Micro Role Play 2 – challenging and creative

This speaking activity is designed for upper intermediate and advanced students. You can find a version for lower levels by clicking here This game is a fun and memorable way to practice grammatical structures, and in the example we’re looking... Continue Reading →

Micro role play – future conditionals and time expressions

This game is designed to help students practice vocabulary as well as grammar. The lesson below was made for upper-intermediate students, but the same strategy could be adapted for various levels and ages. This is a 'micro role play' where... Continue Reading →

Picture prompts – ice breaker and more

This is a very simple activity, but its an excellent way to get to know new students and is highly adaptable for use with new language, revision and more. I first saw this idea in a training session by Dave... Continue Reading →

Chapter 1 – The Comparatives Game

I'm writing a resource book and I've just finished chapter 1, which you can download below. It's a 13 page booklet, including instructions, demonstrations and all the cards you need to print and cut out. Here's a preview of the... Continue Reading →

Adapting the alibi game – part 1

The alibi game is popular with teachers and students. It's an effective way to practise narrative tenses and question forms. There are lots of versions of this activity out there but for the purposes of part 2, where we'll be... Continue Reading →

Adapting your go-to games: backs to the board

While this site usually looks at how teachers can extend their repertoire of games, this post examines ways to bring new life to a game you already use. I mentioned this idea in a recent article I wrote for Voices... Continue Reading →

Vocabulary revision – adapting ‘Codenames’

This guest post was written by Luke Raymond. You can read below about how he has adapted the game 'Codenames' into a vocabulary practice and revision game. He has only used it with upper intermediate adults and teens so far,... Continue Reading →

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